(WWLP) – Tropical Storm Erika’s projected path continues to threaten Florida, but the storm may not strengthen as much as originally expected. Erika has been blamed for at least four deaths on the Caribbean island of Dominica, where flooding and mudslides resulted after 15 inches of rain fell there. About 20 people were still missing on Dominica as of Friday morning.
Erika’s latest track has the storm moving over the mountains of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where it may lose a lot of strength. Even though it is then projected to continue over the 90-degree waters off the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center now anticipates it will not intensify into a hurricane before potentially making landfall in South Florida late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Erika’s track has been trending westward in recent models, and may also have an impact on Cuba over the weekend, which was not originally expected.
Even though Erika is not expected to turn into a hurricane, the storm could still bring flooding rainfall and damaging winds to Florida early next week. Stay with 22News and WWLP.com as the 22News Storm Team continues to track Tropical Storm Erika.